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Bollywood Baddies
Villains, Vamps and Henchmen in Hindi Cinema

  • Tapan K. Ghosh - former head, Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
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© 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Bollywood Baddies is the first-of-its-kind book-length narrative of villainy in Hindi films. It discusses villains, vamps, and henchmen of Bollywood cinema, and also the actors who essayed such characters over the decades. The author discusses not just villains but also the evaluation of villainous characters vis-à-vis sociopolitical conditions in the country.

The narrative begins with Ashok Kumar's negative role in Kismet as early as 1943, and goes up to the Agneepath remake (2012), where Sanjay Dutt plays Kancha Cheena, earlier essayed by Danny Denzongpa in the original. In between, it discusses all major villains, from Lala Sukhiram (Mother India) to Gabbar (Sholay) to "Lion" Ajit (Kalicharan) to Mogambo (Mr. India), and many others. While keeping villains in the focus, it also discusses popular henchmen and vamps, like M B Shetty, Sharat Saxena, Nadira, Bindu, Helen, among others, to understand the dimension of the villains' empire. After all, it's our villains who make our protagonist the hero we all admire.

An engrossing read, this book is for every film buff.

Foreword  
Preface  
 
I: KNOWING THE BADDIES
Who are These Villains?  
 
II: THE BADDIES IN ACTION
The Fifties and Sixties  
Sholay and the Seventies  
The Eighties and After  
 
III: EMPIRE OF EVIL AND THE EMPERORS
That Other Self: The Vamps  
The Empire of Evil: Villains' Henchmen  
Those Dreadful Men  
The Unforgettable Baddies  
The End!  

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ISBN: 9788132110972
£17.99